Moth to a Flame

Moth to a Flame
Watercolor on Hot press paper, 2020

It has been a long 2 days for this painting. I thought I could finish this painting all in one night, as I usually do for each #Junebugillustration but she was different. This lady had me paint her for two days and it was worth it.

The painting is called Moth to a Flame, a painting about passion and love. My subject is a beautiful indian bride with a candle on top of her head symbolizing love and passion. She is a very pure and innocent bride, while the moths atop her head dancing around the flame actually represents a more dangerous, obsessive kind of love. As you see, moths will go nearer and closer to the flame even when they are hurt, or dying just to get to it. This is an insight to a hidden passion within a bride’s heart.

Aside from that, I contrasted colors for this painting. I wanted to see the yellows and red pop. So I did a pure black background. The idea came from Reniel, an artist friend of mine. It worked. I am grateful. I wanted the focus to be on the girl, her brightness and the details on her jewels really pop with the black circle.

Things I learned with this painting

  • Never rush your art, give time for details and be more patient.
  • My biggest take away is : SLOW DOWN!
  • Conceptualizing and Planning colors and lighting was really helpful.
  • Push for details. Never Half ass anything. I regret not putting details on the Jewels and the sari. It could have made things better. Perhaps in a bigger version, I will.
  • Let watercolor do its job, learn how to layer effectively.

Below is a youtube video for the process.

I enjoyed painting this since this is my love letter to the INDIAN COMMUNITY who really appreciate my art and has shown support and love to my art lately. THANK YOU ALL!


#June Bug Illustrations: Week 1

I just started a new challenge for myself. It is studying bugs. Yes, creepy crawlies. No, they are not yucky. They are actually very pretty and challenging. Bugs have very distinct color patterns, complicated anatomy and beautiful wings with different textures and transparencies. My goal for this study is to at least learn how to draw and paint them, and create a style of my own in drawing them.

I also started adding Historical clothing as a secondary prompt to the bugs, matching them with each to create a new illustration. It has been a challenge daily to think about what to create and what clothing I should match with each individual insect.

I started with dragonflies which was Wondering, and some friends suggested that I do a series of these images. I continued on to Flutter, which is about Butterflies and a sleeping kid, moved on to Buzz, where I started to incorporate the Historical clothing theme with Victorian inspired clothing for the Bee Illustration. I then did, Lady Bugs in Victorian style, Mantis in Bloom which is in Hanbok (Korean), Alitaptap / Firefly – Filipino Dress, Desert Queen which is Egyptian, Finally, Wasp and the Samurai which is Japanese

The whole challenge seems to evolve day to day, as I challenge myself more with it. I hope I can finish this challenge. I sometimes do LIVES on my facebook page where you can watch me paint and talk to me while i do so. Here is one of the timelapses of the painting I have done which is the WASP and the Samurai


Marikit’s Wonderland

10154228_10153991133825085_879832950_nAs I was thinking about my blog. I decided to revamp it to make it into something more personal. I am a artist and I know that my blog should reflect it completely. So with watercolors, I created this picture of me and my dog zemo (in humanform) in manga style to show who I am. The design of that art was loosely based on Alice in Wonderland therfore making it my own little fantasy world.

If you want to know how this was created jump down to the cut.

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Art: Sleepy Fairy

Sleepy Fairy
4″x6″ ACEO

Title: Sleepy Fairy
Media: 4×6 Index Card, Prismacolor Pencils, Tachikawa G-Pen

I wanted to try something like a fantasy scene and I wanted to try my hand at illustrating a storybook like character … I created this world after looking at several fantasy pieces and got inspired by mushrooms. The whole point was to try to detail everything and use color effectively to make a soft and childlike. I used a lot of different techniques to create this and I was glad to practice inking and coloring on this. 

This doesnt have a story yet… but maybe I could come up with it soon.

I loved the whole experience. From sketch to final color i loved how i created this minute piece. :) I hope you like it too.. what do you think?